Times night-desk editor Dwight Perry uses Sideline Chatter as a not-so-safe haven for the humorous, offbeat and bizarre events and characters that color the sports landscape. His column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports.
A mural of LeBron James was vandalized in Miami this week. James is returning home to Ohio, reversing the decision he made four years ago.
Anyone up for “Pride of the Yankees,” Part 2? “I must have missed something when I turned on the All-Star Game,” mused comedy writer Alex Kaseberg. “Just how many weeks does Derek Jeter have left to live?”
This contract wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on — in a good way.
Brian “Young Gun” Krause adds to family tradition of winning the International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship.
Ville Parviainen, with teammate Janette Oksman aboard, covered a grueling 278-yard obstacle course in 1 minute 3.75 seconds last Saturday to capture the 19th Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, unseating the five-time defending champions, Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapal
Kansas resident Casey (Stengel — get it?) Purdy is such a Bronx Bombers fan that he named his three children Jeter, Maris and Yogi. Casey’s brothers? Roger, Andy and Mickey. And the tradition began a generation before that.
The worst miss at this year’s World Cup — woefully wide right — didn’t come off a soccer player’s foot.
Back-to-back Opens at Pinehurst missed this
Win a green jacket? Big deal. Michelle Wie got a congratulatory bouquet from actor Adam Sandler when she won her first U.S. Open.
Mick Jagger can’t get no soccer satisfaction, either.
A promotion only the minor leagues could spawn